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    Although Samuel Parris was sought out to be a respected reverend, his personal and physical actions make him an ugly selfish man. Samuel Parris shows that he is not an honest man throughout the play. Samuel Parris states early on that he didn’t see the girls dancing in the forest in court, while he constantly says to Abigail that he saw her, this is ironic because Parris gets defensive of others apparent lies. “Excelecy, you surely cannot think to let so vile a lie be spread in open court.” (72)

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    pay their salaries" ("Parris, Samuel," 2001, p. 194). In this, we see the rising tension in Salem in the late 17th century and the poverty of the town. The Puritans were clearly upset with their church and their civil disputes and felt that the perfect minister was needed for their church to administer hope and a guide to their everyday life. In that exact time period, in November of 1689, is when Reverend Samuel Parris moved from Boston to Salem (David, 2008). Samuel Parris was a minister who, at

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    turned into charm. In February 1692, nine year old Betty Parris and eleven year old Abigail Williams began slipping into trances, blurting nonsensical phrases, cowering in corners, and collapsing in epileptic-like fits.6 Reverend Samuel Parris sought out many medical professionals to examine the two children. There was not one doctor that knew what was causing the children’s episodes until Doctor William Griggs examined and diagnosed

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    In Three Sovereigns for Sarah, there is mass hysteria and confusion caused by little girls. This hysteria is being used by the preacher, Samuel Parris, to gain power and respect in the community of Salem Village. Abby Williams, Samuel Parris’ niece, starts getting into fortune telling and such illegal activities, as taught to her by the slave Tituba. Abby and other girls in the village act strange and start naming people for execution. Sarah and her two sisters are then named as witches. The

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    two hundred people were accused of witchcraft during years of 1692 through 1693. Historians believe that Ann Putnam Jr. and other accusers were badgered to accuse certain people. The parents (of the afflicted girls), Thomas Putnam and Reverend Samuel Parris told the afflicted girls to accuse others, were thought to be seeking out revenge for the accused. Most of the accused victims were either very wealthy or were social outcasts. Out of all the men, women, and children, there is not any actual evidence

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    Salem Witch Trials The year is 1692 and everywhere you go, you hear rumors of people being witches and others being bewitched. News spreads around your small town of Salem, Massachusetts and sooner than you know your friends and family are being accused of witchcraft and being killed. How would you feel if this was happening to you? Would you think it's a good lawful execution , or a bad unlawful monstrosity? In a small period of time over 100 men and women were accused of witchcraft and out of the

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    with two sick children and then led to discrimination manly towards women of a lesser class. The accused people were tortured and eventually killed. The Salem Witch Trial accusations first started with nine year old Betty Parris and her cousin, eleven year old Abigail Parris. They both contracted an illness around the same time as each other. The illness was like no other that a town doctor had ever seen before. “They contorted themselves into strange positions, cowered under chairs,

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    part of the original witch trials in Salem. However, Miller made a few alterations to the historical members of the Salem society in order to suit his dramatic purpose in The Crucible, particularly Abigail Williams, John Proctor, and Reverend Samuel Parris. In The Crucible, Miller described Abigail as a “beautiful girl, an orphan, with an endless capacity for dissembling” (Miller 142). In the story, Williams serves as the

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    all accurate. For example, Betty Parris’s character was slightly changed to add drama to the play. In the play, Betty Parris was the daughter of Reverend Parris. In the beginning of the play Betty was unconscious and no one knew what was wrong with her. Abigail Williams, Betty’s cousin, claimed that Betty and many other girls were dancing in the woods and when Reverend Parris caught them in the act Betty was afraid of getting in trouble so she pretended to be sick. To justify what the girls had

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    Putnam questions Tituba, Parris’ slave, and says, “Sarah Good? Did you ever see Sarah Good with him? Or Osburn?” After more questioning Tituba responds saying, “There was Goody Good…. And Goody Osburn…”(Miller 46-47) This moment shows the Putnams large role in the blaming of witchcraft because after they ask about a name people respond with those exact names although the blaming wasn’t real. Another person who contributed to the witchcraft hysteria is Reverend Parris. Samuel Parris was quick to blame and

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    was a decent sized village with about 500 residents residing within the city lines. So for the most part everybody knew everybody, and one of the most popular figures in salem was the town minister, Reverend Samuel Parris. Parris was a father and a uncle to two young girls named Betty Parris and Abigail Williams both around the age of 9. Being the daughter and niece of the Minister it was especially odd that

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    The Truth: During the late seventeenth century in Salem, Massachusetts Bay, Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams were found dancing in the forest by Samuel Parris (minister of Salem). Later on, both of them started to do violent movements and to scream randomly. A doctor theorized that the young girls were acting strange because they were bewitched. Afterwards, different young girls in the area started to have resembling behaviors. After all of this chaos, Tituba (Reverend Parris’s slave from Barbados)

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    are Abigail Williams’ and Samuel Parris. Act one begins with Samuel Parris discovering that his niece, Abigail, was dancing in the woods. Today, this would not be overly concerning, but back in that time children were hardly allowed to speak to anyone. Since children were supposed to be so submissive towards adults, it was shocking that a group of kids would go out to dance by themselves and was suspected to be witch trials. As most would in the late 17th century, Parris believed that his niece

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    accusations were suspected to be false. Her actions were based on the same reasons. They were to gain power and respect and to save herself from accusation. In the Crucible, Abigail Williams is a 17-year-old-girl. She is the niece of Reverend Samuel Parris who caught a number of girls dancing in the woods. Abigail was among them including her cousin, Betty

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    True Story: The Salem Witch trail took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. A group of girls accused of witchcraft, when Reverend Samuel Parris niece and daughter were ill and rumors spread that it was witchcraft. Sarah Osborne, Sarah Goode and Tituba were accused of being around when the girls were doing rituals and made the girls do the rituals. Abigail’s allegations began to grow blaming many innocent people. Tituba confessed which then assured the people that they have indeed the meet or

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    Western side). Sutter explains the politics and warring religious ideals of opposing factions, paying special attention to the Putnams and their establishment of a new congregation in Eastern Salem Village under Reverend Samuel Parris. Sutter mentions the strain created by Rev. Parris’ generous contract on “already weakened relations between the two factions” and the anger it generated in the ‘Salem Town supporters’. (Sutter, 2003). The article also touches on another cause: the lack of entertainment

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    Between February 1692 and May 1693, there were a series of hearings where people were being accused of witchcraft. The outcome of the hearings ended with 20 people being executed, but more than 200 people were accused of performing witchcraft. The hearings and prosecutions are very well known as the Salem witch trials. The trials took place in colonial Massachusetts. Nineteen accused witches were convicted and hanged on Gallows Hill in 1692. One accused witch was crushed to death after he failed

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    parsonage. Even though the oppressed girls were among the main accusers during the trials, many historiographers believe the deranged girls parents, particularly Thomas Putnam and Reverend Samuel Parris, were inciting the situation with the girls and purposely influencing them to accuse certain people in the community they were not particularly fond of, to gain revenge or just out of spite. Cotton Mather was the minister of the Salem church, and truly believed in witchcraft. He had decided to investigate

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    It was not long before Betty Parris, daughter of Reverend Samuel Parris and Abigail Williams, Reverend Parris’ niece, started screaming and writhing only to draw attention to the people of the town. It all started on one exceptionally cold winter night. Abigail, Betty, and a few other girls gathered around a fire in a dimly lit kitchen. The candles flickered and cast shadows on the pale walls. Tituba, Parris’s slave, tends a cauldron over the large, bright fire as she speaks. She tells the tales

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    Betty Parris aged 9 was the first to be afflicted by witchcraft in Salem in 1692. Betty Parris became very ill during the cold winter of 1692, she dove under furniture, complained of fever and she contorted in pain however, the cause of her behavior was medically unclear so doctor William Griggs claimed she was bewitched. Several other girls developed similar symptoms including her eleven-year-old cousin Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, Mercy Lewis and Mary Walcott. The girls were urged by Rev. Parris

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